Extension Answers: SWVA producer/grower trainings for spring | Smyth County News & Messenger – Virginia News

Extension Answers: SWVA producer/grower trainings for spring | Smyth County News & Messenger –  Virginia News

This weekend, I have a special treat for you. Sandy Stoneman, our Family and Consumer Science Agent with a specialty in food safety, serves Smyth County as one of her six counties of responsibilities. Sandy is a knowledgeable and kind servant of our citizens and it is my pleasure to offer up my space in this week’s column to allow her to share some important news. Thanks, Sandy!

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend one or all of the upcoming trainings being offered to area growers/producers by Virginia Cooperative Extension. These workshops address marketing, business and food safety issues that are important and now even required in some cases. To register or to find out more about any of these upcoming programs, go to www.swvafoodsafety.org/events, email Sandy Stoneman at sandyst@vt.edu or call 276-613-3334.

• Virginia Market Ready – Farm to Restaurant Workshop: Interested in what restaurant chefs and retail managers are looking for in purchasing food products directly from Virginia producers? Market Ready TM is a program developed specifically for producers who would like to get started or expand current operations to sell directly to restaurants or retailers. Topics will include: Exploring current food policy legislation, building relationships to better communicate with managers & chefs, designing effective packaging and labeling, developing marketing strategies, crafting alternative pricing structures, addressing regulatory concerns, using Virginia’s Market…

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